Friday, April 05, 2013
US companies in China wary of cybersecurity reliability
Cybersecurity is arguably one of the most critical aspects of most businesses. Data is the lifeblood of organizations in every sector, and without the ability to protect that information, the firm cannot hope to operate successfully. Data loss and exposure can undermine a business's ability to compete and catastrophically damage its reputation. And to avoid this fate, robust security tools and strategies are essential.
This notion is one of which many U.S. companies based in China are extremely aware. As a recent report revealed, these organizations have had numerous experiences with hacking and cybercrime, which may suggest the need for more effective secure file sharing tools.
The report, conducted by nonprofit organization the American Chamber of Commerce in the People's Republic of China (AmCham China), surveyed 325 businesses, the majority of which were optimistic about the future prospects of their companies. However, cybersecurity concerns were a recurring issue.
"Data security is clearly top of mind for member companies," said Greg Gilligan, chairman of AmCham China, International Business Times reported.
The report found that more than one-fourth of participating businesses have had proprietary data and trade secrets compromised by hackers. Additionally, more than 40 percent indicated that the risk of a data breach occurring is growing.
Of particular concern for participating firms was the nature of China's cloud computing security. Only one-tenth of respondents indicated that they would consider using Chinese cloud computing services. For this reason, only 38 percent indicated that they are currently shifting resources to the cloud, a low number considering the rising use of cloud computing technology by businesses around the world.
This means that China-based U.S. companies may be in danger of falling behind competitors, due to their reluctance to leverage this resource for fear of the potential security breaches that may occur.
Using the cloud should not endanger a firm's data security. And, as many industry experts have highlighted, this does not have to be the case. Cloud computing can be just as secure as legacy computing systems, so long as firms take the necessary precautions. These include choosing a dependable cloud services provider and leveraging cloud security tools and strategies.
If U.S. companies in China are having difficulty with the first half of this equation, the second half assumes much greater importance.
For example, firms should consider leveraging high-grade cloud FTP resources. With Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) file transfer options, firms can gain a cost-efficient, effective means of sending and receiving data internally and externally. If the tools used are sufficiently robust and secure, the company will face little danger of a data breach while still taking advantage of the nature of cloud computing.
To further minimize the risk of using such resources, firms must also take the time to fully train employees on safe use of this tool in particular and the cloud in general. With education, many bad habits can be eliminated, greatly reducing the chance that an inadvertent employee error will lead to data loss or exposure.